We Inspect Your Dream Cars & Investments
As a long-time car guy. Steven knows what you are looking for in a classic car!
What We Inspect - CLICK HERE TO ORDER
We come prepared to inspect every car onsite. We come dressed professionally for starters. We have seen some of the "other guys" show up in flip flops and shorts. Not with TDT. We show up ready to roll up our sleeves and go to work for you. We carry paint meters and magnets to check for filler and Bondo, multimeters to test alternators and fuses and of course our state of the art camera and video equipment. Each of our inspections take about 2-3 hours for each vehicle. We dig deep into the body, interior, features, options, engine, driveline, transmision, steering, suspension, brakes and of course the frame. Our inspections are about more than just kicking tires and checking lights. We are looking for previous repairs, faulty features and options, failing mechanical systems and how the vehicle performs. See one of our Past Inspections
High Quality Photos - CLICK HERE TO ORDER
We provide between 100 - 150 high quality digital photographs showing the vehicle's full overall condition including any damages or previous repairs we find including undercarriage photos. Our photos provide you with detailed information, measurements when needed and multiple shots of each area of the car. We use the sunlight (or sometimes the indoor lights) to bounce light off a panel to show you body work and paint quality. We know what to look for and how to show it to you. Read More
HD Video - CLICK HERE TO ORDER
Even with photos you might not see the full effect of the car's condition. That is why we provide you HD video. Each of our inspections also includes a HD video of the vehicle's body, interior and all of its features and options being tested. We also include video of the engine and exhaust so you get a feel for how it runs. Read More
Inspection Checklist - CLICK HERE TO ORDER
Our checklist is very easy to understand and includes notes in each section explaining the condition of the systems. We grade vehicles based on the Hagerty 1-6 scale so it is easy to understand and compare. We are happy to send you a recent copy at your request or feel free to browse our site for an example. We change our reports from time to time based on customers feedback. We are also able to add custom checkpoints and
notes. Just let us know in your request! Read More
Road Test - CLICK HERE TO ORDER
Each vehicle we inspect we take on a full road test as long as we have seller's permission, the vehicle is licensed and safe for operation. We try our best to test drive every car we inspect. However, being in the Midwest we sometimes fall short based on the weather. We strive to take each car up to at least 55 mph if we can. Some dealers do not allow the vehicle to leave their property but we try our best. Regardless you will know about it in our report notes. Read More
Undercarriage - CLICK HERE TO ORDER
We fully examine the undercarriage of each vehicle we inspect. Although we are not able to get every vehicle on a lift we do carry ramps so we can fully inspect the vehicle undercarriage. We check the frame, steering, suspension, brakes, driveline, exhaust and of course for any leaks. Even though we might not lift a car we are still able to get under it using ramps. Read More
Paint Thickness - CLICK HERE TO ORDER
We use electronic paint meter thickness gauges on each panel to determine if body filler exist and how thick it possibly is giving you a clearer understanding of what condition the vehicle is in. We also carry magnetics to perform a magnetic test on body panels that show to have thick paint on them just to see how thick the body filler might be. If it cannot hold our magnetic ruler then the filler is likely way to thick on that panel and there is rot behind it. Read More
What We Do - CLICK HERE TO ORDER
Here at Test Drive Technologies we strive to be your eyes and boots on the ground at the location of the vehicle you are considering purchasing. We fully understand the investment decision that goes along with purchasing a classic, collector, or antique vehicle. This is why we treat each vehicle we inspect as if we were purchasing it ourselves.
Each vehicle we inspect receives a thorough detailed inspection. That means we inspect the body, interior, exterior & interior lights, options, trim, glass, wheels, tires, electronics, engine, transmission, driveline, steering, suspension, frame, undercarriage, and exhaust. We fully test drive each vehicle we inspect with seller's permission and proper registration.
Our inspection report includes our full checklist inspection which is broken down into easy to understand sections which are graded using the same scale that Hagerty uses for easy comparison of other vehicles. We take anywhere from 100 -150 high quality photos of the vehicle (sometimes more) as well as provide you a full HD video of the vehicle body, interior, options and the engine & exhaust running through the RPM ranges.
We then upload the report, photos and video to our website and send you a link by email as soon as it is ready. 90% of our inspection reports are uploaded and sent to our clients the same evening the inspection is completed.
Video is Worth a Million Words - CLICK HERE TO ORDER
What is the next best thing besides being there to see the car yourself firsthand? Seeing the car in HD video being tested and performing. Our videos provide you with details of the vehicle's body, interior, features and options being tested as well as video (AND SOUND) of the engine and exhaust being tested through the full RPM range so you can get a feel for how it runs. Sadly even though we provide video of the car we are not able to provide video of the test drive portion be rest assured we will put it through a full 3-5 mile test drive at both city and highway speeds.
Scheduling & Results Delivery - CLICK HERE TO ORDER
Because we are local to the St Louis and Southern Illinois area means we can normally schedule your inspection for the next day. 90% of our inspection report results are delivered the same evening that your car is inspected depending on our caseload for the day. Contact Us
Location is everything - CLICK HERE TO ORDER
We are an independent family owned and operated business out of the St Louis, Missouri and Southern Illinois area. We are able to inspect most vehicles the following day in our main area. We do travel to Western and Southern Missouri as well as Central Illinois and parts of Tennessee and Kentucky on special request basis.